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Artist – Toma McCullum

Cabinet of Curiosity

Clonakilty Community Hospital

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Developed as part of the Arts Participation for Healthcare Professionals QQI course held in Clonakilty and created by the students as a resource to be used by older people in hospital settings, each drawer has a theme designed to be brought to the bedside to stimulate interaction art making, reminiscence and creative imaginings. Artist and course facilitator, Toma McCullim originated the concept and tasked each student on the course to devise and create the contents given themes of music, cinema, the sea, the garden, the trip to the bog and forgotten odds and ends. The drawers are contained in a ‘house’ created by another of the student team.

Three of the students are on staff at Clonakilty Community Hospital, so on return to work they and artist Toma McCullim presented the Cabinet of Curiosity to residents at Clonakilty Hospital resulting in several weeks of stories and songs shared amongst the staff and residents.

The Cabinet was exhibited at Uillinn West Cork Arts Centre during the Bealtaine Festival in May 2016 and again in Clonakilty Community Hospital as part of Active Aging week.



The Cabinet was created in April over four weeks and is an ongoing resource at Clonakilty Community Hospital